Lori Cole


Lori Cole is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of the interdisciplinary master's program XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement at New York University, where she has taught since 2014. She is a scholar of the transatlantic avant-garde who works at the intersection of literature and art history. Her book, Surveying the Avant-Garde: Questions on Modernism, Art, and the Americas in Transatlantic Magazines (Penn State University Press, 2018), examines how the genre of the questionnaire structured debates over art and national identity, yielding a self-reflexive history of modernism written by artists and critics from across Europe and the Americas. She has written about the intersection of art and print culture for exhibition catalogues published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kunstmuseum Basel. Her writing has also been published in Artforum, Cabinet, The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, The Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, and The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. She is currently working on a book about the multiple ways the modernist magazine functions as a site of exhibition.

Lori received her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University in 2012 and was the Charlotte Zysman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Brandeis University from 2012 to 2014. At Brandeis Lori also curated three iterations of the Rose Video series at the Rose Art Museum. Previously she was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2002 to 2003 and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2010 to 2012. In 2012 she was also a Junior Fellow at the Frick, where she researched the history of collecting photography. Prior to starting graduate school she held positions at the Dia Art Foundation, Paula Cooper Gallery, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Lori has since presented her research at numerous museums, including the Tate Modern, the Whitney, the Menil Collection, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Reina Sofía, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was part of the curatorial advisory committee for the exhibition “Surrealism Beyond Borders.”

Contact: mail@loribcole.com

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